410 SW Oak, 224-7156
Wonderfully cluttered, well-selected vintage and antique treasures. A downtown staple.
1001 SW Morrison, 226-2616
Formerly jammed into a pair of neighboring, intensely cluttered storefronts, Ray's Ragtime has relocated to a much more breathable and hospitable space, making it one of the best vintage spots downtown, now that you don't need a pick and axe to find a decent handbag. The store's founder has a background in costuming for film and theater, and the store is a surefire choice when you're looking for the perfect accents on a costume or otherwise want to channel a character.
214 SW 8th, 827-3300
A small, downtown store crammed with mostly indie lines like Punk Royal (silkscreened new and vintage garments), Yoko Devereaux (men's wear), Gesus (Dutch denim and streetwear collection), Grey Ant (women's fashion streetwear, inspired by Dynasty and Knott's Landing), Trovata (women's clothing, this season's inspiration: "manor born, island bound").
520 SW 9th, 220-0920
A mostly vintage store featuring independent local designs from Black Bow (men's neckties and shirts, women's tops and skirts), Sky & Boat (men's screen-printed dress shirts, dresses for women, skirts made out of tablecloths), Diana Joy (T-shirt dresses and T-shirts altered and appliqud), Heartbreaker (halter tops), Anne Bonney (slips, pantaloons, and knickers), Disorder (dresses), Gnarkotics (screen-printed contemporary found garments), Monsieur T (T-shirts and track jackets with locally designed prints), plus more. Also from out of town: Outlaw and Option-G (both print companies), among others.
1036 W Burnside, 222-3418
The newer Westside version of one of the most frequented vintage chains in the city.
300 SW 12th, 224-2604
Along with all the sex toys and supplies you could want, Spartacus also carries its own line of locally made leather, both pre-made and by custom order.
815 SW Alder, 228-5844
Popular downtown shoe store carrying casual, fancy, and tough lines for both men (Tsubo, Camper, Steeple Gate, Fluevog) and women (Alberto Fermani, Destroy, Miz Mooz, Frye).
Diamond Dogs--The Future Incorporated
722 SW Taylor, 241-0875
Rock-oriented store featuring Emily the Strange products, shoes by Doc Martens and Converse, Dogpile (punk rock gear), Uzi (custom-built T-shirts, sleeves, and wristbands), Attempt (Japanese designer based out of L.A.), Steady (martini time lounge wear for men), and more.
700 SW 5th #3015, Pioneer Place, 546-6557
Dress shop dedicated to ferreting out designers from Latin America, such as Portland transplant Magali Corzo (Argentinian ladies' dress maker), Pepa Pombo (couture dresses, skirts, tops, and wedding dresses), Theresa Santos (Brazilian designer for women's wear), and Laura Julio (Argentinian designer). Plus tango dance shoes by three designers, including Darcos and Jorge Nel.